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From the Editor’s Desk February. The month of "love" and everything hearts and roses. Well, that's what the retail stores tell us anyhow. Red and pink hearts, fat little cupids and chocolates have been on the shelves since January 1st. This is also the time of year we start to see 'other' colors appear as well. Caught in the middle of a cold and dreary winter, the crocus begin to appear, and daffodils start their tender green shoots reaching towards what sun they can find. It is a promise of a new awakening in the ground beneath us. Stirrings that signal growth and new life, sometimes bursting forth in glory, and often times creeping out slowly, to be discovered on a cloudy day. Often times, February is the month that tricks us into believing that Spring is near. Not really, as we Northwest folk already know. The past few years, however, February has brought with it some incredibly warm weather that confused all people, animals and organics! Do you remember the February where we had two full weeks of 75-80 degrees and sunshine? It was asolutely insane. Then, a few days later it was raining and sleeting back at the normal 41 degrees. I'm hopeful that this February, nature may be more kind to our neck of the woods. The past fall and winter have proven to be devastating, and we would like to catch our breath and take it easy. No more snow days, no more flood days, please? Let's just settle into a mild February, keeping the fires toasty warm,

and our coffee mugs close. Or tea or cocoa if that's your thing. Anything warm to keep the chill away! Perhaps it will be snuggling up with your sweetie pie, especially this upcoming Valentine's weekend. Warm atmosphere, candles, crackling fires, nice bottles of wine, gourmet food and sparkly items like diamonds and rubies come to mind. And proposals. According to current polls, approximately six million people will get engaged this year on Valentine's Day. Being the "special day" on which to celebrate your love, it is only fitting that proposals are most popular. The second most popular day is Christmas. So, whether you are planning on hitting dinner and movie in a pair of comfy jeans with your sweetie, or getting dressed to the nines and visiting a fancy restaurant, finishing with a proposal, we all wish you a lovely Valentine's Day. My own take on Valentine's Day has extended to include those around me that I enjoy and love. My circle of family and close friends will receive a special wish or little sweet treat in thanks of how much I treasure our relationships. In the morning, I really enjoy preparing a special breakfast for the kiddos, that we have picked out beforehand. It might be heart shaped pink pancakes, or strawberry waffles decked out with heart shaped whipped cream tops, but whatever we end up having, it is a special time together. Making a big "deal" out of Valen-

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EMAIL: EDITOR@VALLEYBUGLER.COM tine's Day isn't something I'm really partial to, but I enjoy focusing on love. The imperative element of love should extend far beyond just one simple day of the year, but it's nice to celebrate love on a special day. If you've never heard the facts behind where Valentine's Day came from, I invite you to visit our special section on pages 8-9. Detailing the beginning of Valentine's Day, and

how it changed into a worldwide retail holiday and symbol of love is really quite interesting. Until next month.

Michelle Myre Publisher / Editor

[Three beautiful 'loves' of my life: Chloe (12), Cora (10), & little Oscar (7)!]

Happy Valent ine’s Day from The Valley Bugler Newspaper


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'The Odd Couple' coming to town Love Street Playhouse • February 5-28th

Loads of laughter at Love Street Playhouse as Felix (Gary Corbin of Camas) and Oscar (Richard Barr of Vancouver) collide in this American classic comedy, THE ODD COUPLE by Neil Simon. Photo by Darcie Elliott Photography.

Heart & Sole 5k / 10k Saturday • Feb. 13th • Longview Mark your calendars for this family friendly event on Valentine's weekend! A beautiful run/walk around Lake Sacajawea in Longview, WA. 8:40 AM - 10K 8:50 AM -FREE Mini K (Children) 9:00 AM - 5K $10 5K $15 10K $15 Tech Shirt There will be a free mini K at 8:50AM for kids. All proceeds benefit the Longview Recreation Program Teen Program.

Kids 12 and under running in the 5/10K are only $5.00! Tech long sleeve shirts are $15.00 Courses will be clearly marked, and prizes awarded as well. Please call to register, or come early on the day of the event. Event Contact: Caitlin: Phone (360) 442-5435 caitlin.white@ci.longview.wa.us You may also register online and find additional information: www.regtorace.com/event/133

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Banquet

Saturday • March 12th • rmef.org It’s time to gear up and get ready to enjoy one of the most anticipated fundraisers of the season - the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Banquet. Firearms, High Quality Merchandise, and FUN await those attending. Located at the Cowlitz County Expo Center, this will be a fast paced, high energy banquet, and the winning will begin as soon as the doors open at 4:30pm. Families with children welcome! Special games and prizes.

Military heroes also have a special raffle just for them. Auction items include firearms, trips, outdoor items and decor / furniture. 90% of funds go directly to the mission of helping ensure the future of wild elk and our hunting lifestyle. RMEF has enhanced or helped purchase several areas in SW Washington: Toutle River valley, Lewis River drainage, Swift Reservoir, and Merrill lake. Call: (360)425-9611 Dan Howell or (360)636-6148 Randy Hall

By Pat Nelson Valley Bugler Columnist I often hear Woodlanders say, "I wish we had a theater." Well, we do—we have live theater at the Love Street Playhouse, located at 126 Love Street. Owner Melinda Leuthold has four plays lined up for the 2016 season. The first is The Odd Couple by Neil Simon. If you've seen this classic, you'll remember that it is hilarious. If you're ready for some good laughs to drag you out of the winter doldrums, this play is a must-see. The play opens with a group of guys playing cards at the messy apartment of divorced Oscar Madison. Felix Unger, who has just separated from his wife, arrives late. Felix likes cleanliness and orderliness as much as Oscar likes to live in a mess. He is depressed and seems to be suicidal. It's an odd matchup when Oscar and Felix decide to room together, and you'll have to watch the play to see the comical results unfold. For a special evening, book the February 5 dinner show. There will be pre-show "ballpark concessions" like popcorn, peanuts and Crackerjacks followed by an Oscar-Madison-style dinner consisting of barbecued jumbo hot dogs, kielbasa, soft pretzels and sides. Only 30 tickets are available for dinner, and they sell for $45. Showonly tickets for February 5 are $18. Other matinee and evening perfor-

mances are $15 and $18. The play is directed by Tony Bump and produced by Melinda Leuthold. Leuthold has three more plays lined up for the 2016 season: See How They Run, May 6-29; Blithe Spirit, October 7-30; and The Nunsense Christmas Musical Nuncrackers, December 2-18. For those who would like to sign up for all four shows, season tickets are now on sale. Season-ticket purchasers receive discounted prices and the opportunity to reserve seats before tickets go on sale to the general public. Season tickets sell for $64 each. Season ticket purchasers will be notified days before tickets go on sale to the public, and they will be given a code to use when choosing their seats online through the website. For those who aren't sure about committing to the whole season, Leuthold also offers two-show packages. Choose the two shows you would like to see and pay only $32 per person for the two shows, a discounted rate. Gift certificates, too, are available at the website. This theater relies on help from sponsors, and sponsorships are also available. Business sponsors receive company recognition and tickets. To purchase tickets, gift certificates or sponsorships, log on to: www.LoveStreetPlayhouse.com

For further information, call 360 9079996 or email admin@LoveStreetPlayhouse.com.

Pat Nelson, is co-creator of three humorous and sometimes edgy anthologies: ‘Not Your Mother’s Book: On Being a Parent’ (Amazon.com & retailers); On Being a Grandparent; and On Working for a Living.


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Preventive Care Key to Fighting

Skin Cancer (Family Features) Are you at risk for skin cancer? Do you know the signs? According to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. That means odds are quite high that at least one in your circle of friends will face this dangerous disease. As the season for bare skin approaches, are you aware of the risks and preventative measures necessary to avoid sun exposure? Approximately 58 million Americans are affected by actinic keratosis (AKs), the most common form of precancerous skin damage known casually as "pre-cancers," according to a report published by The Society for Investigative Dermatology and The American Academy of Dermatology Association. An estimated 10 percent of AKs will become squamous cell carcinoma, the second most common form of skin cancer, within two years. AKs are rough-textured, dry, scaly patches on the skin that are caused by excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light such as sunlight. They occur most often on areas such as the face, scalp and ears. They can range in color from skin-toned to reddish-brown. They can be as small as a pinhead or larger than a quarter. AKs predominately affect people over 50, and slightly more men than

women. Individuals who are most likely affected by AKs include those who have risk factors including: fair skin; blond or red hair; blue, green or grey eyes; a history of kidney disease or weakened immune system; daily, long-term exposure to the sun; multiple severe sunburns early in life; and older age. Fortunately, skin cancer can be avoided with treatment, yet many patients fail to seek treatment. What they may not realize is that there are actually many treatment options available, such as cryotherapy (freezing); topical medication; and photodynamic therapy. Additional treatment options include curettage, chemical peel, dermabrasion, surgical incision and lasers. To reduce your risk of skin cancer you can take some precautions: * Regular skin evaluations by a dermatologist can catch the disease early so that it can be treated. Just as you schedule an annual physical or other routine checkups as part of your regular health routine, a recurring appointment with a dermatologist can significantly alter your chances of developing skin cancer. * In between visits to the dermatologist, perform thorough self-checks by examining your skin all over on a regular basis. * Avoid damaging sun rays and protect your skin by seeking the shade during high sun hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.); avoiding sunburns; and covering your skin with clothing and hats. * Do not use tanning booths!! * Understand sunscreen, and use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or exces-

sive sweating. Do yourself a favor and get checked before the summer season to ensure you are properly caring for and protecting your skin from the sun's damaging rays. The skin is the largest

organ of the human body. Make the call to your dermatologist today. For more information, including additional details about AKs and how to identify the signs of skin damage, visit www.spotsignsofAK.com.

How to Beat the Winter Blues (SPM Wire) Got a case of the blahs? Winter may be at fault, when Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a form of depression, is most common. But don’t spend the season sad. Try these techniques to boost your mood. The best part? They work any time of year: • Get the right amount of sleep. Too much or too little shut-eye can con-

tribute to depression. • Eat right for mental health. Studies have linked diets low in selenium and omega-3 fatty acids with poorer moods and depression. Eat plenty of fish, beans, lean meats, low-fat dairy and nuts. • Take a daily walk for exercise and fresh air. Both are important for good mental health. More tips to combat seasonal blues are available at www.nmha.org

AmeriCorps Members Impact Community on MLK Day On January 18th, 2016, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Cowlitz AmeriCorps Network (CAN) joined millions of other citizens across America to continue the spirit of service that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of and answered the question ”What are you doing for others?” As a team of 27 members, along with 7 alumni and community volunteers, they served at the Westgate Terrace Senior Apartments in Longview, Washington. Some of their tasks involved cleaning 28 apartments, moving furni-

ture, carpet cleaning and other such chores. Carpet cleaning was provided by PUIRI Cleaning and Restoration. At the end of the day, live music and entertainment provided by Tom Stilts was a treat for all involved. Bingo followed soon thereafter to end up the day with a spirit of fun and games. It was a full, fun day.

For more information about becoming a host site for a Cowlitz AmeriCorps Member or becoming a member, please contact Troy Packard, Program Coordinator at 360-577-5859.


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February is: “2016 – Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories” is the 2016 theme for Black History Month selected by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. The history of African Americans unfolds across the canvas of America, beginning before the arrival of the Mayflower and continuing to the present. From port cities where Africans disembarked from slave ships to the battle fields where their descendants fought for freedom, from the colleges and universities where they pursued education to places where they created communities during centuries of migration, the imprint of Americans of African descent is deeply embedded in the narrative of the American past. These sites prompt us to remember and over time became hallowed grounds. One cannot tell the story of America without preserving and reflecting on the places where African Americans have made history. The Kingsley Plantation, DuSable’s home site, the nu-

merous stops along the Underground Railroad, Seneca Village, Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church and Frederick Douglass’ home — to name just a few — are sites that keep alive the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in our consciousness. They retain and refresh the memories of our forbears’ struggles for freedom and justice, and their belief in God’s grace and mercy. Similarly, the hallowed grounds of Mary McLeod Bethune’s home in Washington, D.C., 125th Street in Harlem, Beale Street in Memphis, and Sweet Auburn Avenue in Atlanta tell the story of our struggle for equal citizenship during the American century. The Association for the Study of African American Life & History has selected this annual theme to bring attention to the centennial celebration of the National Park Service and the more than twenty-five sites and the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom that are part of America’s hallowed grounds, including the home of the father of black history, Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Information about this year's Black History month at: asalh100.org

Spring Art Show • Call for Artists Area artists are invited to participate in the Columbian Artists 40th Annual juried Spring Art Show to be held March 19th through April 3rd at the Thee Rivers Mall, 3513 Three Rivers Drive, Kelso, WA (Space D-1168, near Macy’s). The Show is open to artists 18 years old and older from Cowlitz, Clark, Wahkiakum Lewis and Pacific Counties in Washington, and Clatsop and Columbia Counties in Oregon. Entries must be original, two dimensional work, completed in the past two years. Work will be judged and cash awards given in each category. Additional awards include a memorial award, sponsor awards, and people’s

choice award. Entries will be received on Monday, March 14th, from 10am to 5pm, at the Thee Rivers Mall. A prospectus with details regarding rules, categories, sizes, etc., and an entry form are available on our website www.columbianartists.org. They are also available at the Broadway Gallery in Longview and the Tsuga Gallery in Cathlamet, or by calling 360-425-0142 (Carol). Entries accepted on March 14th at Three Rivers Mall. Media accepted are Oils, Watercolors, Acrylics. Mixed Media includes pastels, pen/pencil, hand pulled prints, collages, and mixed media. For info and entry regs, go to site: www.columbianArtists.org

By Paddy Elkins Valley Bugler Columnist The "I AM" statements of Jesus. The Gospel of John contains a lot of "red letters", direct quotes from Jesus, faithfully recalled and recorded by John, the brother of James, the son of Zebedee. James and John were among the first of Jesus' 12 apostles, called away from their fishing nets to "Follow Jesus", along with Peter and Andrew, two other brothers who were their fishing partners. Jesus told the four fishermen that they would become "fishers of men". The four faithfully followed Jesus until He was crucified and three days later arose from the dead. Then they, along with the other apostles (minus Judas), turned the world upside down with their preaching of the Good News that the promised Redeemer had come, and His name is JESUS! But Who was this Jesus? Here are several of the "I AM" statements in John's Gospel. Jesus definitely wanted us to KNOW Him and to KNOW Who He was and is in history: John 4:25-26 To the Woman at the Well, who mentioned that Messiah was coming, He said: "I AM...He". John 6:35 To His disciples, He said: "I AM the bread of life; he that cometh to Me shall never hunger, and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst." John 8:12 I AM the light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." John 10:7-10

"I AM the door of the sheep... I AM come that they may have life, and that more abundantly." John 10:11&14 I AM the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth His life for the sheep... I know My sheep and they know Me." John 10:36 "I AM the Son of God." John 11:25 I AM the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live." John 14:6 "I AM the way, the truth and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by Me." John 15:5 "I AM the vine; ye are the branches: he that abideth in Me and I in him...bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me you can do nothing." John 8:58 "Before Abraham was, I AM." One day Jesus asked Peter: "Who do you say that I AM?" Peter answered: "You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God." Jesus asks each of us that same question. It is not enough to know that He is THE Messiah. Is He MY Messiah? Is He YOURS? He can be! "He stands at the door (of our hearts) and knocks". Anyone who opens the door can sup with Him and have fellowship with Him. If you've never opened your heart to Him, today can be the "beginning of the rest of your life". Open the door.

But who WAS this Jesus?

Paddy Elkins invites your feedback! You may Email her at: paddyelkins@gmail.com or call her at 360-751-5231.


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Presidents Day: Washington’s or Lincoln’s? This year: Monday, February 15th. Most calendars state that the third Monday of February is Presidents Day, federal holiday. Government offices, schools and post offices close. Supposedly, this annual event is meant to celebrate the combined birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. But their birth dates are on the 22nd & 12th respectively and the 22nd can never be on a Monday. Confused? There’s more. By combining these once separate events that honored two important presidents, a 1968 Uniform Holiday Bill gave federal employees another 3-day weekend along with Memorial Day and Columbus Day. States don’t have to recognize it,

but most do. Some states continue to call the holiday Washington’s Birthday. After all, he is the Father of Our Country, the general who led the Continental Army to victory in the Revolutionary War and then became our first president. That’s why our 1888 Congress created the very first national holiday that honored an important individual. What about Lincoln? His birthday has never been designated a federal holiday, but some states observed it as such. Some never did, but most were willing to lump it into a Presidents Day recognition. Not all. So although our calendars have said it’s Presidents Day since 1971, the name has never been officially authorized by Congress. It is still Washington’s Birthday....

Funny Quotes from Vice President Al Gore Whether you're a Republican, Democrat or Independent, these quotes are pretty hilarious: "We are ready for any unforeseen event that may or may not occur."

"For NASA, space is still a high priority." "Quite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teach our children." "The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation's history. I mean in this century's history. But we all lived in this century. I didn't live in this century." "It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it." "[It's] time for the human race to enter the solar system." "We're all capable of mistakes, but I do not care to enlighten you on the mistakes we may or may not have made."


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Valentine’s Day in other cultures just as sweet Japan’s celebration of Valentine’s Day has a unique twist. On February 14, only the women give gifts of chocolate to the men. Some of these gifts, known as “giri (obligation)” chocolates, are given to bosses, male co-workers, and male classmates and friends. A special gift known as “honmei” chocolate is given to the womans sweetheart. But fear not! The men reciprocate on White Day, March 14. On this day many men return the gift of chocolate by giving the women chocolates in a white box. If the gift is given to a girl friend, sometimes a gift of flowers or white lingerie is substituted or added. White Day is said to have originated because a company that made marshmallows urged the men to repay their Valentine gifts with white marshmallows. Originally the day was called Marshmallow Day but was later changed to White Day. Candy companies joined the ranks by making white chocolates. In China, The Night of Sevens is sometimes called Chinese Valentines Day. This day is celebrated on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the Chinese calendar. The day is also called The Festival to Plead for Skills. On this day, young women show off their skills in homemaking and make wishes for a good husband. The Brazilian equivalent of Valentines Day is the Day of the Lovers (Dia dos Namorados) and is celebrated on June 12. The day is one day before the Feast of Saint Anthony known as the marriage saint. Moving over to Britain, probably the best-loved romantic verses were penned in association with St. Valentine. Like Americans, the British also send cards and gifts of flowers and chocolates. One

uniform custom across the country is the singing of special songs by children, who will then receive gifts of fruit, candy or money. In Italy, Valentine's Day used to be a Spring Festival, held outside in the courtyards. Young people would gather together and listen to music and poetry reading. Over time, this custom failed to continue and hasn't been practiced for centuries. In Korea, the traditional gifting of candy takes place on February 14, but only from females to males. There is a different special day of the year for males to give gifts to females, on March 14. Similar to Japan, March 14 is known as "White Day". Taiwan offers not one, but two special Valentine's Days during the year. February 14 and July 7 (of the lunar calendar). Based on ancient Chinese folktale. Bouquets of roses and other flowers are very popular gifts from men to their sweethearts on these days. According to Taiwan tradition, the color and number of the roses holds much significance. One red rose means "an only love", eleven roses means "a favorite", ninetynine roses means "forever", and 108 roses means "marry me". Whatever your tradition or custom may be on Valentine's Day, you can rest assured that the remaining cultures of the world are celebrating with you.

Submitted by Georgia Cox FEBRUARY Events Every Monday: Our delectable Cinnamon Rolls and coffee will be served to the public from 10am to NOON. Suggested donation is only $1.50 for these delicious concessions. A great way to start your week! Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday: Get that heart rate up and get healthy with the exercise classes from 9:30am to 10:30am! Facts show that exercise helps keep your body healthy and functioning as well as possible. Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday: “Write Your Life Story” will meet in the Center at 1pm - 3pm. Every Tuesday afternoon: Games and cards will be played, call 274-7502 for times. Every Wednesday: CAP offers Nutrition Meals for Seniors at the Center at NOON. Suggested donation is $3.00, but PLEASE call #636-2118 (by Monday) for reservations. Paper Tole classes are here, and will be taking place from 1pm - 3pm. Every Thursday: Fun Quilting

projects will take place from 12pm to 3pm and Pinochle games are played in the Center later at 7pm and is open to all who are interested, so bring your game face! Every Friday: Lunches by reservation only, will be served in the Center at NOON. Must Reserve by calling 636-2118 by Monday. Every Saturday: BINGO!! from 1pm-3pm. Game on. SPECIAL EVENTS: Tuesday, February 9th: A beautiful video of a trip to Norway will be shown at 11am, followed by a potluck lunch at noon. Join us for a time of fellowship and fun. Thursday, February 18th: Commodities will be distributed from 10am - 1pm. Have a valid punch card. NOTICE: Any person age 50 or older is invited to join the Castle Rock Senior Center. A lifetime membership is only $5.00. Activities, newsletter, new friendships and more are offered. Castle Rock Senior Center 222 - 2nd Ave, Castle Rock, WA (360)274-7502


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Love & Hearts Feature

Should you screen your teen? By PeaceHealth Medical Group

Sadly, you’ve heard the heart-breaking news more than a few times. A vibrant, seemingly healthy high school student dies suddenly from a heart condition no one knew he had. Such stories — particularly those that hit close to home — have heightened awareness to sudden cardiac arrest among active teens. And it leads many parents to wonder if their own children are at risk. There are a handful of causes for sudden cardiac arrest in young people. The most common is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or HCM, an inherited disease that affects 1 in 500 people. HCM can thicken the heart’s walls and cause it to beat in dangerous rhythms. Symptoms can include chest pain, shortness of breath or fainting, yet some kids with HCM show no signs at all. Other causes of sudden cardiac arrest include coronary artery anomalies, Marfan syndrome, commotio cordis and electrical abnormalities, such as long QT syndrome. The good news is that heart screenings for teens have been used successfully for the past few years to save lives. Education about heart care and cardiopulmonary resusci-

tation as well as automated external defibrillators have also helped make inroads. PeaceHealth partners with the Spencer's HeartStrong Foundation to offer teen heart screenings. The advanced screening program is designed to spot HCM and other cardiac issues in young athletes. The screening events are an incredible opportunity for the kids of Cowlitz County to ensure they are healthy enough to play for years to come. Screenings are funded almost entirely by our own community and are free of charge to the teens and their parents. And they would not be possible without a multitude of volunteers who provide services plus many others who donate supplies and equipment to make the events possible. Who is Eligible? Any middle school or high school athlete, band member or cheerleader from 12 to 18 years old is eligible for a Young Champions screening. What is included in the screening? • Review of child’s personal and family health history • Blood pressure check • ECG/EKG (electrocardiogram) • Echocardiogram

What happens after the screening? Each teen will be sent home with a test result from their screening. If any follow-up is required, it is suggested they follow up immediately with their primary care provider to schedule needed reviews and/or referrals. Why does it tend to happen to athletes? Due to the activity level, and public exposure when occurring during events, it is heard more about during physical activity.  However, heart conditions do not discern between athletes & non-athletes.  Depending upon the cardiac issue, exercise or strenuous activity may or may not trigger a cardiac event. What if your child isn’t an athlete? Even if your child is not an athlete, they should have a screening con-

ducted. Again, not all cardiac related events are triggered by physical activity. There are many stories I can share to provide example of such. To sign up your child (ages 13-18) for the Teen Heart Screening on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at PeaceHealth Medical Group Lakefront, go online to sign up at Spencer’s HeartStrong Foundation www.stopyouthsca.org. Suggested donation $25. We, as a community, want to protect our youth from anything that might cause them harm. Especially from hidden dangers that can be diminished. Teen heart screenings help save lives. Learn more at: www.peacehealth.org/heart

The Wedding Anniversary Symbol List How many “years” are you celebrating this year with your spouse? For some couples it may be by dining at a fun restaurant for some delicious and expensive food, then do something outside that involves water. Kayaking, waterfall hikes and ocean jaunts are always fun, too. People celebrate anniversaries with as much diversity as there are different personalities. Here is a list of the “common symbols” that relate to specific years of marriage as submitted by reader, Theresa Giles.

1st: Paper 2nd: Cotton 3rd: Leather 4th: Fruit & Flowers 5th: Wood 6th: Sugar 7th: Copper, Wool

8th: Bronze 9th: Pottery & Willow 10th: Tin 11th: Steel 12th: Silk & Linen 13th: Lace 14th: Ivory 15th: Crystal 20th: China 25th: Silver 30th: Pearl 35th Coral 40th: Ruby 45th: Sapphire 50th: Gold 55th: Emerald 60th: Diamond 65th: Blue Sapphire 70th: Platinum

‘Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not want what belongs to others. It does not brag. It is not proud. It is not rude. It does not look out for its own interests. It does not easily become angry. It does not keep track of other people’s wrongs. Love is not happy with evil. But it is full of joy when the truth is spoken. It always protects. It always trusts. It always hopes. It never gives up. Love never fails.’ - Apostle Paul, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8


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Love & Hearts Feature

The History behind this “ day of love” This year we celebrate Valentine’s Day on a coveted weekend day, Sunday, February 14th. Reservations at restaurants and special plans are already in the works by wise lovers wanting to surprise, woo and possibly propose. Around six million proposals on their way this year, in fact. Ever wondered how February 14 became, the day on which we celebrate and explore love in all its many ideals, Valentines Day? According to the world wide web, folklore and heresay, there are many differing opinions on how Valentines Day started. One story says that when the Roman Empire reigned, (a few thousand years ago), a festival every February was held in honour of the God of Fertility and during this time, young men would choose their mate. When a Emperor named Claudius came around, he outlawed all marriages in fear that the men would not be able to fight. Young couples still fell in love though and still wished to marry and they took these desires to the Catholic Bishop Valentine who, understanding love, began to secretly marry couples. [approx. 270 AD] When Claudius found out, he had Valentine arrested and ordered put to death. While waiting in jail, Valentine began exchanging letters with the jailers daughter and soon had fallen in love with her. The day he was to be beheaded, he wrote her one last note and signed it: From Your Valentine. Another story points to Christianity in 496 A.D outlawing the pagan Lupercian Festival and replacing it with a day in February to honour the martyr St. Valentine. A third story as to the origin of passing out cards stems from a French Count who was captured and imprisoned in London. From his cell he wrote his wife letters, including a passionate set of poems which he sent to her in February. At the turn of the century, a new form of Valentines Day card appeared, called the Penny Dreadful. Up until this point, cards were relatively expensive but the Penny Dreadful changed all that. They were just what the name implied, costing only one cent and completely bad. The cards were cheaply made, the artwork was amateurish

and the colouring was uneven. On top of that, the verses printed on them were not the most romantic of prose. They were more often insults, taking swipes at old maids, teachers and the like. Still their low cost kept them popular for years. For hundreds of years, Valentines Day has been a day of symbols. You can hardly go through the day without seeing a rose (as a symbol to Venus, the Goddess of Love), images of doves and lovebirds (who mate for life) or hearts. The heart was thought to be the centre of all emotion. People believed that when they gave a heart, they were truly giving all of the love and emotion that they possibly could give. Its past aside, Valentines Day is the second the most popular card sending holiday just behind Christmas with one billion a cards sent a year. When the calendar turns to February, we start to think of love. February has for centuries been designated the month for lovers, with the primary celebration being on February 14, St. Valentines Day. We send cards, flowers, and candy and our children give out Valentines in school. In recent years, showing family pets just how much they are loved has come into the mix, with special treats and presents given to Fido or Fifi to show them how much their undying love is appreciated. Of course, their tails would be wagging for any treat, any day of the year! Valentines Day reminds us to tell all our loved ones just how much we care about them. We never know how many days we have to spend on this earth, we do not know when our breath may cease. The only thing we have control of is ourselves, and our thoughts and actions. This Valentine's Day, whether you subscribe to the retail participation or not, be encouraged to show love all around you. In the market, at your workplace, and most of all at home. You may be surprised at the results. Feel that you already share your love well with your friends and family? Here's a challenge to take outside your comfort zone. Try extending random acts of kindness and love - to those around you in your impact sphere that you don't know. A challenge to reach out, and love someone, yes, just like the song. ☺

Valentine Funnies

Love is Blind?

Phil, a smart and handsome young man, dressed in the latest fashion, walked into this local pub. He noticed a woman gazing at him without blinking her big eyes. Phil felt flattered so he walked up to the woman and said in his deepest voice, ‘I’ll do anything you wish, beautiful lady, for just £10 but on one condition.’ The woman appeared to be trapped in the moment and asked as if in a trance, ‘What’s your condition?’ Phil answered, ‘Tell me your wish in just three words.’ There was a long pause, the woman opened her purse, counted out the money and handed it to the man along with her address. She then looked deeply into his eyes

and whispered, ‘Clean my house.’

It

I Just Had A Dream About

A young woman was taking an afternoon nap. After she woke up, she told her husband, “I just dreamed that you gave me a pearl necklace for Valentine’s day. What do you think it means?” “You’ll know tonight.” he said. That evening, the man came home with a small package and gave it to his wife. Delighted, she opened it--only to find a book entitled “The meaning of dreams”.

Pure Groaners

What did the painter say to her boyfriend? “I love you with all my art!” Did you hear about the romance in the tropical fish tank? It was a case of guppy love.

Wedding Day Funnies Too much speeding A police officer in a small town stopped a motorist who was speeding down Main Street. “But, officer,” the man began, “I can explain." “Just be quiet,” snapped the officer. “I’m going to let you cool your heels in jail until the chief gets back.” “But, officer, I just wanted to say..” “And I said to keep quiet! You’re going to jail!” A few hours later the officer looked in on his prisoner and said, “Lucky for you that the chief’s at his daughter’s wedding. He’ll be in a good mood when he gets back.” “Don’t count on it,” answered the fellow in the cell. “I’m the groom.” Someone really stinks A young couple were on their honeymoon. The husband was sitting in the bathroom on the edge of the

bathtub saying to himself, “Now how can I tell my wife that I’ve got really smelly feet and that my socks absolutely stink? I’ve managed to keep it from her while we were dating, but she’s bound to find out sooner or later that my feet stink. Now how do I tell her?” Meanwhile, the wife was sitting in the bed saying to herself, “Now how do I tell my husband that I’ve got really bad breath? I’ve been very lucky to keep it from him while we were courting, but he’s bound to find out. Now how do I tell him gently?” The husband finally plucks up enough courage to tell his wife and so he walks over to the bed, climbs over to his wife, moves his face very close to hers and says, “Darling, I’ve a confession to make.” And she says, “So have I, love.” To which he replies, “Don’t tell me, you’ve eaten my socks.”


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Top Ten Valentine’s Gifts Having a family Valentine’s Breakfast makes kids feel special, too It doesn’t take much effort to serve up a really special Valentine’s Day breakfast to the family, and the kids will really enjoy any of the ideas below. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut hearts out of your morning toast, and spread thickly with strawberry jam. Make a heart-shaped fried egg, placing a metal cookie cutter into your frying pan and breaking egg into it. Cut a heart shape from the centre of a slice of bread using a cookie cutter. Melt a knob of butter in a frying pan, then place the bread into the pan. Break an egg carefully into the hole and fry them both together, turning carefully when the egg is set.

Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut shapes out of your breakfast pancakes. Serve with a knob of butter, a drizzle of maple syrup, and some red berries. Serve up a pink breakfast smoothie or shake. Cook up a delicious bowl of oatmeal and swirl a red heart in the centre with strawberry jam to serve. Spoon some natural yoghurt into a bowl and drizzle a honey heart over it. Now fill the centre of the heart with granola and outline the yoghurt with berries. Pretty and delicious! Get the kiddos involved, and let them be a part of it! Remember lots of hugs and kisses as special ingredients.

Valentines Day is the one day a year where we get to show our loved one exactly how much we love him/ her. Show your love with a special gift a one that comes from the heart and will last a lifetime. Here are 10 of the best both inexpensive and expensive. But remember Valentines Day is not about money it is about sharing your love with one another. From spending a little moola to a LOT of moola (think Paris!) the key to a successful gift is the thought that is put into it. 1. A handmade Valentines Day card - a handmade card says much more then a shop bought one and will let your partner know exactly how much they mean to you. Decorate! 2. Fresh flowers - the key to this is how they are delivered. You could have them delivered to his/her place of work, don her apartment with them, or a single red rose with a ring attached to it. Ahhh, romance! 3. Chocolates - we are not talking about a box of roses, but more per-

sonal. Personalized chocolates are all the rage on Valentines Day and can be bought through Candy Bouquet - check out their ad on p.12 4. Plane tickets to Paris - Ah the city of love. Fly away for the weekend! 5. A romantic candlelit dinner for two. Cook or order out his/her favorite meal light some candles, stand the wine in ice and light background music will set the scene perfectly. 6. Jewelry - a heart locket for her with a photo of the 2 of you inside, or maybe an engagement ring.... 7. Love songs - put together a compilation of both your favorite love songs, and enjoy during dinner. 8. Say it with words - Write him/ her a poem about how much he/she means to you. If you can’t write poetry give him a book of poetry instead. 9. Lingerie - this one is for both of you to enjoy. 10. Picture perfect - have a favorite photo of the 2 of you blown up and mounted onto a nice frame.

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Submitted by PeaceHealth

We’re surrounded by hearts this month. Along with the paper and chocolate versions, there are the human ones: the beating hearts of more than 300 million Americans. Unfortunately, we’re also surrounded by heart disease. In the U.S., it’s the leading cause of death for both men and women. But it can be prevented and controlled. Even in a short month’s time, you can do a lot to take better care of your heart. Week 1: Scrutinize labels Unhealthy fats and cholesterol can clog arteries. Salt can raise

blood pressure. Sugar can pack on pounds. To avoid these risks for heart disease, read nutrition labels when you’re grocery shopping. Look for foods with unsaturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids, and low percentages of sodium and sugar. Also, choose plenty of foods that come without nutrition labels: fresh fruits and vegetables. They are low in fat and sodium, and they contain fiber, which can help prevent high blood cholesterol. Week 2: Get moving Like all muscles, your heart needs exercise. This week—and every week—aim for at least 150 minutes

of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as brisk walking. Share your heart-healthy habit with a loved one—invite him or her to join you on a walk. Week 3: Know your numbers If you don’t know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers, make an appointment this week with your doctor to have them checked. Having high blood pressure or too much LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) in your blood can put you at risk for heart disease. Being overweight also makes heart disease more likely. You probably know if you’re carrying too many pounds. But if you aren’t sure, it’s another thing to discuss with your doctor. He or she can advise you on lifestyle changes or medicines to help you achieve heart-healthy numbers in all three areas. Week 4: Vow to quit Smoking harms the heart as well as the lungs. So if you light up, it’s important to ditch the habit for good. Smoking also hurts your family and

friends, because exposure to secondhand smoke can trigger heart problems in them. So quitting is an act of love—not only for your heart but also for all the hearts that surround you. If you are looking for a health partner to help you make and stick to healthy choices that will keep you vital now and throughout the golden years, PeaceHealth’s Healthy You program may be what you are looking for. Healthy You offers resources, information and tools to help you on your wellness journey. peacehealth.org/healthy-you Learn more at the above web site, and to sign up to receive monthly tips in your inbox. Find great recipes, and educational articles relating to your life, and how you live it at the above web site. Also has a resource for finding classes and support groups in your area.

[By PeaceHealth. Sources: American Heart Association; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.]

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KIWANIS CLUBS focus their community service hours to the welfare of children. CATHLAMET 1st Tues. 6 p.m. at the St. Catherine’s Catholic Church; 3rd Tues. at Sugar Lillies at noon. CHEHALIS - Thursday 12 p.m. at “The Restaurant” in Sunbirds. CLATSKANIE - 1st & 3rd & 5th Tues 6 p.m. at Fultano’s; 2nd & 4th Tues 12 p.m. Colvin’s. KELSO - Thurs. noon at 3 Rivers Mall, Comm. Room. LONGVIEW - Thursdays. noon at JT’s. SCAPPOOSE- 1st & 3rd Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Windemere Real Estate Office) ST. HELENS - Thurs. noon at the Elks Lodge (350 Belton Rd, St Helens). ST. HELENS DAYBREAKERS - Tues 7 a.m. at Warren Country Inn, Last Tues 6pm Columbia Soil and Water District Office AMERICAN LEGION GLEN HOYER POST 175 meets in Castle Rock every 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. For info call 423.9542. The LADIES AUXILIARY to Glen Hoyer Post #175 of the American Legion meets first Thursdays. For info call 423-9542. AMERICAN LEGION GUY RATHBUN Post #25 meets the 2nd Thurs. of the month at 7 p.m @ Kelso Eagles For info Kandi 423.2504 BUFORD ROCKAFELLOW POST 101, The American Legion, and Auxiliary meets the 2nd Friday of each month at the Winlock Community Building. Potluck 6 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m.. For info Post Commander Wendy Carolan 360-785-0929 or Adjutant Phil Carolan at (360) 785-0929. The FLEET RESERVE ASSOCIATION (FRA) Naval Service Veterans, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard. Lower Columbia Branch 363 meets 6:30 p.m., 2nd Friday, Longview VFW building, 4311 Ocean Beach Highway. Information: Ray Hegr (360) 425-6981 FLEET RESERVE AUXILIARY #363 meets the 2nd Friday of the month at the VFW Hall, 4311 Ocean Beach Hwy, Longview. Potluck 6:30 p.m. meeting 7:30 p.m. Active, retired, or reserve status family members with the US Navy, Marines, Coast Guard. Info 425.4688. KOREAN WAR VETS ASSOCIATION CHAPTER #321 of SW WA meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month @ 10am; Vancouver WA. Call Commander James Mead (360)907-0592 for information. KELSO-LONGVIEW ELKS LODGE #1482 meets Thurs at 7:30 p.m. for our members only. Dinner is served before Lodge at 5:30 p.m. Lunches are served Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 900 Ash St., Kelso. 360.425.1482. TOUTLE VALLEY VFW POST & AUXILIARY #10882 meets the 1st Tuesday @ 7 p.m. at their Post Home, 101 Hansen Road in Toutle. For more information, contact John at 274.4350 or Nikki at 274.5263. TOLEDO VFW 3429, Reg. Meeting 1st Monday, Potluck at noon, meeting at 1 p.m. COWLITZ VALLEY VFW POST 1045, Tues. Bingo @ 6 p.m., 5 p.m. dinner; Auxilary mtngs at 11 a.m. every 2nd Wednesday. Breakfast for veterans served 1st Sat. of each month $6 each from 9 - 11 a.m. The COWLITZ VALLEY VFW LADIES AUXILIARY POST #1045 meets the 2nd Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the VFW Hall located at 4311 Ocean Beach Hwy, Longview. For info or questions please call Ruby at (360) 577-0414 or Jeannette at (360) 414-4053. COWLITZ PRAIRIE GRANGE #737 meets 2nd Wednesdays 6:30pm potluck, 4th Wednesdays 7:30pm dessert. 5180 Jackson Hwy, Toledo, WA 864-2023 SUNNYSIDE GRANGE #129 meets the 1st & 3rd Thursdays. 6:30 for potluck, 7:30 meeting. Call 274.6013 for information & rental hall. SILVER LAKE GRANGE 2nd and 4th Thurs. Potluck 6:30, meeting at 7:30 p.m. Info Anita Morgan 748-8098, Rentals call Claudia Hunter 274-5263 CATLIN GRANGE #199 2nd & 4th Fri. 6:30 p.m. Potluck dinner 2nd Friday. 7:30 meetings. More info: 423-2122; Rental call Barbara Wilburn: 425-5970. PLEASANT HILL GRANGE # 101 2nd Monday. 6:30 p.m. Potluck, meeting @ 7:15 p.m. Community Service group meets Thursdays @ 10am. Info & rentals call Zula Bryan 360-425-6101 ROSE VALLEY GRANGE #953 2nd Tuesday, 1 p.m. 4th Tuesday, 6pm. Info & Hall Rental: Becky Molt 360575-3977 WOODLAND GRANGE #178 2nd & 4th Thursdays 6:30 p.m. Potluck, meeting @ 7:15 p.m. Info & rentals call John Burke 225-9888 CASTLE ROCK WOMANS CLUB meets every 2nd Monday at 1 p.m. 206 W. Cowlitz Street. Business meeting & program. Public iinvited. Info: 274.8149. THE PYTHIAN CASTLE 24 holds their meetings every 2nd and 4th Thursday @ 1 p.m. at the Castle Rock Womens Club, 206 Cowlitz St. West, Castle Rock. THE CASTLE ROCK LIONS CLUB meets the 1st & 3rd Thursdays at Hattie’s Restaurant @ 5:45 p.m. The club sponsors newspaper recycling. R Square D Square Dance Club: Sept - May. 2nd Fri & 4th Sat. 7:30 pm Plus, 8:00pm - 10:00pm Mainstream with Rounds. $5 admission Kelso Senior Ctr 636-1993

LONGVIEW MONTICELLO LIONS meets 6:30 p.m. 2nd and 4th Mondays, dinner and speaker at The Carriage Restaurant on 12th LONGVIEW EARLY BIRD LIONS meets at The Carriage Restaurant on the 1st Wednesday @6pm, 3rd Wednesday @6:45am. THE VADER LIONS CLUB meets the 1st Thursday @ 6 p.m. and the 3rd Thursday @ 7 p.m. at the club’s building on Hwy 506 in Vader for a potluck dinner and meeting. Info: 295-3087 or 295-3801. KALAMA LIONS CLUB - www.kalama-lions.com. LONGVIEW PIONEER LIONS CLUB meets every Tuesday at noon at the Longview Eagles Club (152612th Ave) Provide humanitarian service to the citizens of the area, visitors are welcome. WINLOCK LIONS CLUB meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at 12 p.m. at Guadalajara Restaurant, off SR 505. Visitors welcome. Call 7853744 info KELSO LIONS CLUB meets 1st & 3rd Monday @ 6:30 p.m. in Longview Kelso Kels Building. Call Richard (360)425-5876 ROSE VALLEY GRANGE #953 meets 2nd Tues. @ 1pm, & 4th Tuesdays @ 6 p.m. 1520 Rose Valley Road, Kelso. Info: Becky 575-3977 or Debbie 414-9627 COWLITZ COUNTY VETERANS ASSOC. meets the second Friday of each month. CALL 577-6757 for locations. LONGVIEW REBEKAH LODGE NO. 305 Meets the 1st and 3rd Saturday each month at the IOOF Hall, corner of Pacific and Pine, Kelso, 1 p.m.. Info: 1-866725-3507 CASTLE ROCK EAGLES, celebrating their 100th birthday, meets at the Eagles Aerie on Huntington Ave. @ 8 p.m. every 2nd & 4th Tuesday for the Aerie & Auxiliary. KELSO EAGLES meet 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 7 p.m. Aux., Aerie meets at 8 p.m. Initiation 3rd Tuesday. BINGO MonWed-Fri @ 6:30 p.m. Special Charity BINGO Monday 12 - 3 p.m. Call 425-8330 for info. CASTLE ROCK FREEMASONS 3rd Mon @ 7:30 p.m. at Lodge located on SW First Ave DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, MaryRichardson Walker Chapter. rootsweb. ancestry.com/~wamrwcdar/ FRIENDS OF CASTLE ROCK LIBRARY, 1st Mondays from 10 - 11 a.m., Library 137 Cowlitz St. West in Castle Rock WORSHIP & RECOVERY meeting, Sunday @ 1 p.m., refreshments. Positive faith group meeting. 1260 12th Ave., LV S.C.O.R.E. - Free counseling & guidance for small businesses by the nation-wide of S.C.O.R.E., Kelso/ Longview Chamber of Commerce, 1563 Olympia Way, Longview, WA. DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS: 1st Fri of the month at 1 p.m. @ 1639 10th Ave. 577-5890, and Auxiliary meets the 2nd Friday of the month at 11 a.m. 423-3125 MT. ST. HELENS CLUB - meets 2x week to hike on a rural trail in SW Washington &/or NW Oregon.  Location and info: mtsthelensclub.org or 360- 673-2799 NATIONAL ASSOC. OF ACTIVE & RETIRED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES Longview - Kelso Chapter 1070, meet the 1st Wednesday @ 11:30 a.m. at the Monticello Hotel, Longview. Info: 423.6032. LOWER COLUMBIA WOODCARVERS Tues 5 - 7 p.m. & Thurs. 1 - 4 p.m . @ LV Senior Center 274-3175 LONGVIEW BORDER CROSSINGS Volks walking meet on 2nd Tuesdays at St. John’s Hospital, Longview, @ 6:30 p.m. Cafeteria Sam Korff 503-728-0400 KELSO ROTARY Meets Thursdays at 12 p.m. Lunch available to purchase. Kelso Longview Elks Lodge Call 414-5406 for more information ALTRUSA of Longview/Kelso meets Thursdays from 12 - 1 p.m.. 1st - Board; 2nd - Business; 3rd - Committee; 4th - Program; Lunch served for $5 at all meetings except Board. Meet at Altrusa room at CAP. THE SPIRIT OF FREEDOM Christian Intervention program for the chemically dependent, meets Wednesday 6 p.m. at Landmark United Pentecostal, 4333 Ocean Beach Hwy, 360-636-0580 LONGVIEW GARDEN CLUB meets at 10 a.m. the 4th Thurs. Jan. - November; Sept. - Oct. Due to holidays, Nov. & Dec. meetings are on the 3rd Thurs. Most mtngs Grace Lutheran Church in Longview. Info: 425-0755 COWLITZ BEE ASSOCIATION meets the 3rd Thursday each month @ WSU Extension Office, 7 p.m. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS of Longview meets Thursday @ 7:30pm at Longview United Methodist Church. 2851 30th Ave, Longview. Info: Gloria 360-7497449 or www.oa.org NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) "Connections" Open Support Group Mondays @ 4-5:30pm and Thursdays 12-1:30pm. STRIVE Series; Dealing with emotional and/or addiction issues Tuesdays 1-2:30pm: Counseling availabe. Call (360)703-6722 NAMI SW WA Kelso office: 109 Allen St, Kelso WA

Abernathy Assembly of God 702 Abernathy Creek Rd. Longview Phone: 360-636-1620 Website: www.AbernathyAoG.com Sunday Service 10:45 AM Apostolic Lighthouse 803 Vandercook, Ste 12, Longview Bible Study Tues 7:30pm Church Service Sun 2:30pm Pastor Mozingo (360)219-6109 Apostolic Lutheran Church 248 Cowlitz St. W., Castle Rock Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Church at 11 a.m. Information Dave Kandoll 295-3461

Worship Sunday 10:00 a.m. facebook.com/thefireside First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 2000 East Kessler Blv - Longview 360.425.4220 Rev. Eric Atcheson lvfirstchristian.org revericatcheson.blogspot.com Grace and Truth City Church 525 Third Ave SW – Castle Rock Pastor David Beer Worship 10:15am, 749-2289 Grace Bible Fellowship 300 S.10th Ave, Kelso Worship: Sunday 11:00am Bible Study 9:30 a.m. www.GraceIsReal.org (360)423-4035

Baha’i Faith Vader 360-751-3181 Centralia 360-807- 4313 Packwood 360-494-4767 Grace Lutheran Church, MS Longview 360-423-4105 Dover Street, Longview Wednesdays 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 2725 Worship: Sunday 10:30am www.Glcmslv.net Bethany Lutheran Church (360)414-4147 2900 Parkview Drive, Longview Office: (360)577-8240 Pastor Shelley Willem Grace United Methodist Church, Sunday Worship: 9:30 a.m. Vader, 295.3402 Rev. Steven A. Caskey, pastor Castle Rock Christian Church Sunday worship service – 12:15 p.m. 542 Huntington Ave. S, Castle R. Potluck every 2nd Sunday Sunday school – 9 am (all ages) Quilting on Mondays & Thursdays Sunday Worship – 10 am Dr. John Leffler, Senior Pastor Baptist Church 6th-12th Gr. youth Wed, 6-7:30 pm Highland’s 20th Avenue 425-1960 Longview 360-274-6771 M-F, 9:30a -1:30pm 371 Sunday School 9:00am Call for home groups/studies Worship Service 11:00am www.cr-cc.org Pastor Larry Pedigo 703-2117 Castle Rock Church of the Nazarene House of Prayer for All Nations 456 Pioneer Ave. NE, Castle Rock 868 9th ave. Longview, WA Sunday School classes 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 AM Worship Celebration 10:45 a.m. Morning Service 11:15 AM Evening church service 6:30 p.m. Evening Service 6 PM Women’s Bible study Th 10:30am Rev. Reo McBride, 274.6546 Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Allen Street, Kelso Castle Rock First Baptist Church 2200 423-3650 211 Front Ave. NW, Castle Rock (360) M & F Daily Mass 12:15 PM Pastor Joel Royce 274-4113 Vigil Mass 5:30 PM Sun Bible Study all ages: 9:45am Sat Sunday Mass 10:30 AM Worship 11a.m. Women’s Bible Study: Wed 1:30pm Cowboy Church: Last Sat.; 3-6pm Kalama Baptist Church, Wes Eader Castle Rock Church of Nazarene Pastor Vincent Rd, Kalama WA 456 Pioneer Ave NE, Castle Rock 112 9:45am - Sunday School (360)274-6546 11:00am - Worship Pastor Reo McBride www.kalamabaptist.com Sunday Service: 10:45am Call 673-5570 Sunday School: 9:30am Children’s Service: 11:00am Kelso First United Methodist Church Sunday Eve Service: 6:00pm 206 Cowlitz Way, Kelso Women’s Bible Study: Wed 6:00pm Contemporary Service 9:00 am Sunday School 9:20 am Castle Rock United Methodist Traditional Service 11:00 am 241 First Street, Castle Rock Wed: Children (Grade 1-12) 5:30-7 pm Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Pastor Vonda McFadden Worship 10:55 a.m. Sunday 360-423-7480 Youth Group: Sundays 2 p.m. www.kelsofirstumc.org Rev. Pam Brokaw - 274.4252 Lexington Bible Fellowship Central Christian Church 98 Garden Street, Kelso (Lexington) 401 Crawford St., Kelso Sunday school @ 9:45am Worship -11am, school @ 9:30am Sunday worship @ 11am Wednesdays @ 6pm (Youth @ 6:45 Pastor Jerry Hancuff www.lexingtonbible.org Bible Studies - many available Russ Tevis, Minister Life Center 360-425-3420 Church Office Corner of Rock & Pine in Centralia Sundays at 10:30am or Oyler Rd & Hwy 12 in Ethel Community of Christ, Longview Sundays 202 Delaware Street 9:00am 360-736-5898 Pastor Sharon West www.yourlifecenter.com Classes all ages: 10:00am Living Hope Church Worship Service: 11:00am 2711 NW Andreson, Vancouver 11:00am Sundays Church of Christ Pastor Dean Jenks (360)944-3905 300 St. Helen’s St., Toledo, Wa Sunday Bible Class 10 a.m. Longview Church of Christ Sunday Worship 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. 2219 50th Ave. Sunday Bible Class 9:30, Sunday Worship 10:30 John Gadberry, Minister Pastor Larry Hartwick 360-274-8570 Longview Church of the Nazarene Emmanuel Lutheran Church 2218 E. Kessler Blvd. - Longview 814 - 15th Ave, Longview Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. Sunday Worship - 8:30am Sunday School 9:00 a.m. Sunday “Celebration” - 11 a.m. Celebrate Recovery Thurs at 6 p.m Thursday Worship - 6:30 p.m. 360-577-1100 Pastor David Martin, Senior Pastor Longview Community Church, Church office - 360-423-3250 2323 Washington Way - Longview www.elclongview.com Contemporary Service 8:45 a.m. Sun. Service 11 a.m. Sun. Faith Fellowship Lutheran Brethren; Traditional John Williams 423.6380 Church 210 Fishers Lane, Kelso Pastor LongviewCommunityChurch.org Pastor Chris Leingang Worship at 10:00am Longview Presbyterian Church www.fflbc.org 3808 Pennsylvania St., Longview Church Office (360) 425-4390 Worship and Children’s Class: Sundays at 10am Fathers House Church 1315 Commerce Ave, Longview Pastor Bill Van Nostran 577-8951 www.longviewpresbychurch.net Worship Sundays: 9am, 10:30am Pastor Chuck Tilton 423-7826 New and Living Way Church www.FathersHouseChurch.com 951 Delaware St., Longview Sundays 10am & 6pm Fireside Fellowship Wednesdays 7pm 271 Atmore Road, Toutle

703-3340 newandlivingwaychurch.org Oak Point Community Church 445 Oakpoint Rd, Longview Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Thursday Bible Study 7 p.m. Pastor Doug McMurray #577-6037

The Rock Meeting at 1955 Huntington Ave S, Castle Rock Worship 10 a.m. every Sunday Wednesday @ 7pm Service Pastors Jerry & Angie Hughes 274.7480 Rose Valley Friends Church 1437 Rose Valley Rd. Kelso 360-425-3222 Church Office 9:30am Sunday School Hour for all 10:45am Worship Service 5:00pm - 7:00pm Valley Youth Group 6-8pm Wednesday-JValley Youth 6-8pm -Sunday-JValley Youth Ryderwood Community Church,

315 Jackson St. PO Box 161, Ryderwood, Pastor Bill Bowlby, 360-295-3962 Service Opportunities 11 am Sunday

St. Mary Catholic Church 120 Powell Rd., Castle Rock 274.7404 W & Th Daily Mass 8:30A Sunday Mass 8:30A St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church 412 Pioneer Ave., Box 1467 Castle Rock Worship 10 a.m. Sunday - 274.9393 St. Paul Lutheran Church 312 First Ave. SW, PO Box 847, Castle Rock 274.6604 9 & 11am Sunday Worship. Adult Study & Sunday School 10:10am Tues 10:30am Text Study Wed: 5:30pm Youth Group Wed: 7:30pm Adult Bible Study Pastor Bob Sinclair St. Rose Catholic Church 2571 Nichols Blvd Longview, WA 360-425-4660 The Salvation Army Church 1639 10th Ave, Longview Sunday School @ 9:45am Holiness Meeting @ 11:00am 360-423-3992 St. Stephens Episcopal 1428 - 22nd, Longview WA Office: (360)423-5600 Sunday Worship: 8:00am & 10:00am www.sslv.org Seventh Day Adventist Church 7531 Old Pacific Hwy -Castle Rock Worship 11 a.m. Saturday Pastor Ben Moore 274.6090 Seventh Day Adventist Church 77 Solomon Road, Kelso WA Office: (360)423-7344 Saturday Worship: 11:05am Pastor Marcia Stone journeyadventist.com Stella Lutheran Chapel 124 Sherman Road, Longview Pastor Carol Plummer Sunday Worship 10:00 am Children Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Office (360) 423-3795 (Wed. Only) Toledo New Life Assembly of God 420 Silver Street, Toledo 864-4366 Worship: Sun. @ 10am, Wed. @ 6pm Dinner on Wednesdays @ 5:15pm Food Bank: Last Tue/Wed of month Toutle Christian Fellowship 5067 Spirit Lake Hwy – Toutle Worship Service Sunday 9 a.m. Pastor Denny Martinez www.toutle.org (360)274-6305 Vader Assembly of God Church 302 - 6th St., Vader (360)295-3756 Pastor Tracy Durham Sunday Worship: 10:30am & 6:00pm Sunday Youth Group: 6:00pm Wed. Adult Study, Kidz Church: 7p.m. Valley View Church of God 1435 - 33rd Ave, Longview WA Pastor Dwayne Cothron (360)636-6787 Worship Sundays @ 10am & 6pm Word of Life Christian Center 277 Brown Rd. E, Chehalis Sunday 9:45am / Wed 7pm Study 360-864-4407 / 360-523-8828


Movie Reviews By Blake Peterson

'JOY'

Directed by David O. Russell Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro Running Time 2 Hrs., PG-13 My Rating B

By Blake Peterson Valley Bugler Columnist Sometimes I underestimate the staggering acting talents of Jennifer Lawrence. As America’s Sweetheart and/or #1 Dream Girlfriend, most of the world obsesses over her every move, whether attention is put onto her newfound friendship with America’s other object of BFF affection, comedienne Amy Schumer, or her never-ending ability to be charming, funny, and (cringe) herself in even the most serious of a situation. Just a few nights ago, like a creepy fanboy, I spent a couple of hours pawing through her most recent talk show interviews. As it turns out, when she isn’t making entertaining movies, she’s being entertaining herself. So the mixed reviews crossing the path of this year’s “Joy” have concerned me for the last few weeks. I can now say that it is a genial mess, one that leaves us unsure how to approach a thoughtful opinion and one that leaves us with the impression that it could have been a masterpiece had it gone through more extensive planning and a cleaner path of direction. Its issues are the fault of David O. Russell (“Flirting with Disaster,” “The Fighter”) whose usual dependability unwinds as we come to the conclusion that the film is a result of passion and enthusiasm rather than thought and care. Never do things mesh, and we’re left with several moving scenes surrounded by quickly sketched character developments and scenes of dramatic filler. The story of “Joy” should seem straightforward by means of description, but the way Russell tells it is only sometimes affecting, often misguided. Too much time is spent developing the character of Joy’s mother, too little on her husband and the pitfalls on their marriage; development, should, in fact be the other way around, as Joy’s mother proves herself to be a minor charac-

ter while her husband is pivotal. The ending is unsatisfying, offbeat, and tonally wrong. Its events could easily be summarized by a closing title screen that describes what Joy and company did following their breakthrough. The film briefly hits its stride during the scenes circling around the pre and post stages of Joy’s selling of the Miracle Mop on QVC. Bradley Cooper, prominently featured as a marketing giant, gives Lawrence the opportunity to deliver some of the meatiest monologues of her career. Similarly, the climax, which sees Joy cut off her hair in defiance and take back the reigns of her messy life after great financial disappointment, are inspired. But the film is repeatedly impaired by lack of adherence, a lot of what we see feeling sketched out instead of whole. “Joy” is only salvaged by its leading lady and the actors backing her, all of whom overcome the uneven nature of the material. Lawrence is hypnotic as the film’s protagonist, nurturing her burgeoning maturity as an actress. Robert De Niro (who plays her father) and Ramirez (her ex-husband) are excellent as men who take themselves too seriously but play a huge part in Joy’s livelihood; Rossellini gives one of her greatest performances as Joy’s biggest fiscal backer, and Ladd is tender as Joy’s grandmother. Cooper is exquisite in his small but crucial role. “Joy” is a decidedly bewildering experience, more fizzling than sizzling. But the ensemble causes a commotion and suggests award show fanciness. Lawrence is a sure thing. One can only hope that the next time Russell teams up with Lawrence, Cooper, and De Niro (the previous two ventures being “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle”), conceptual planning is tighter and motives pass by with clarity. It’s engaging mayhem.

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‘Our whole life is solving puzzles.’ ~Erno Rubik

GET PUZZLED!

'Joy' is only salvaged by its leading lady and the actors backing her...

A student at the University of Washington, Blake will major in Visual Communications or Journalism. petersonreviews.com

A child’s view of music ♪♫ By Richard Lederer

(As asked to young ones...) *Music sung by two people at the same time is called a duel. *I know what a sextet is but I had rather not say. *Probably the most marvelous fugue was the one between the Hatfields and McCoys. *My very best liked piece of music is the Bronze Lullaby. *My favorite composer is Opus. *A harp is a nude piano. *A tuba is much larger than its name. *My favorite instrument is the bassoon. It is so hard to play people seldom play it. That is why I like the bassoon best. *It is easy to teach anyone to play

the maracas. Just grip the neck and shake him in rhythm. *The most dangerous part about playing cymbals is near the nose. *Anyone who can read all the instrument notes at the same time gets to be the conductor. *The double bass is also called the bass viol, string bass, and bass fiddle. It has so many names because it is so huge. *Aaron Copland is one of your most famous contemporary composers. It is unusual to be contemporary. Most composers do not live until they are dead. *Agnus Dei was a woman composer famous for her church music. *Refrain means don’t do it. A refrain in music is the part you better

not try to sing. *A virtuoso is a musician with real high morals. *John Sebastian Bach died from 1750 to the present. *Handel was half German, half Italian, and half English. He was rather large. *Beethoven wrote music even though he was deaf. He was so deaf he wrote loud music. He took long walks in the forest even when everyone was calling him. I guess he could not hear so good. Beethoven expired in 1827 and later died from this. *Henry Purcell is a well known composer few people have ever heard of. *An opera is a song of bigly size. *In the last scene of Pagliacci, Canio stabs Nedda who is the one

he really loves. Pretty soon Silvio also gets stabbed, and they all live happily ever after. *When a singer sings, he stirs up the air and makes it hit any passing eardrums. But if he is good, he knows how to keep it from hurting. *Most authorities agree that music of antiquity was written long ago. *Instruments come in many sizes, shapes and orchestras. *You should always say celli when you mean there are two or more cellos. *Another name for kettle drums is timpani. But I think I will just stick with the first name and learn it good. *A trumpet is an instrument when it is not an elephant sound. *While trombones have tubes, trumpets prefer to wear valves.


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UPGRADE YOUR BRAIN By Oscar Myre IV Valley Bugler Columnist

This month we are going to talk about upgrades. But not websites or gadgets. We are going to work one of the most difficult type of upgrades all - personal development. Our focus this time is within. To be more successful, I’ve taken some time to see what successful people are doing. If you are up for change this upgrade is for you. Who wouldn’t like to be more successful?! The idea here is to emulate what success people are doing. Sorta the ‘Fake it Til you Make it’ idea. Pray & Meditate Often overlooked in people's quest for success is taking time to pause and talk AND listen to God. This can help relieve stress and improve your focus. Exercise We should treat our bodies like we only get the one. Funny thing about exerting physical energy is it can give you back physical and emotional energy. If you take care of your body it will take care of you. Get Sleep According to the the National Sleep Foundation adults need 7-9 hours. It

is easy to skimp on sleep. Don’t sabotage your upgrade. Read or be Read To Don’t just read this article. People dedicated to success are dedicated to reading non-fiction books. If you spend some time commuting, you might be a great candidate for audio books. Check out audible.com. Share your knowledge What good is knowledge if you don’t share it. Feel free to share the stuff you read about in the section above, but I’m confident you have a lot of knowledge your customers don’t know. If you share it right it will be a win win. Consider teaching a class, creating a video or simply posting an article (like this one). Volunteer We’ve all been blessed. What is a passion or gifting you’d like to share? Or simply, what is a need in your community? Don’t wait until the right time, now is the right time to help others. Socialize You might think all work and no play might lead to success, but maybe you should take another look at your idea of success. Playing with friends can help recharge you batteries and

you might even (hopefully) enjoy yourself. Watch less TV All of the others on this list are things we should do. But…. shocker here - most successful people don’t watch a lot of TV. How many hours are you watching? Talk with Experts This article makes a lot of assumptions to what successful people do.

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Take this to the next level, find some people that are succeeding in areas of your interest. Then jump out of your comfort zone and reach out. LinkedIn is a great place to start, but I encourage you to go old school. Do some research and schedule some meet ups. The dinner or coffee investments can have a huge ROI. Connect with your Family Last but, not least. This is the reason why we do what we do. Enjoy your family and make sure to give them your best. Happy Upgrades. You, my friend, are worth it. Oscar Myre IV is the head web geek of National Products Incorporated, providing mobile mounting options for vehicles, kayaks, boats and more. Check out their new web site: rammount.com

Lighter side

Up in the Sky A man jumps from a plane and as he descends pulls his parachute only nothing happens so he pulls his reserve and still no luck so as he contemplates flapping his arms like a bird when he spies a man coming up towards him. Calling out to the man "DO YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT PARACHUTES?" The other man replies "NO! DO YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT GAS COOKERS?"

Harry's got somethin' bad Bill's friend Harry crosses the road from a hospital and enters a bar and immediately asks for three treble whiskeys and a beer. The barman pours the drinks and the man swallows each whiskey in one swallow. The barman is alarmed by this and expresses his concern only for Harry to reply, "IF YOU HAD WHAT I HAVE THEN YOU WOULD BE KNOCKING THE DRINKS BACK TOO!" The barman places the beer on

the counter and watches Harry chug down the brew and asks sympathetically, "what have you got?" Harry places the empty glass down and replies "an empty wallet." Cockpit Announcement Shortly after a British Airways flight had reached its cruising altitude, the captain announced: "Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your captain. Welcome to Flight 293, nonstop from London to New York. The weather ahead is good, so we should have a uneventful flight. So, sit back, relax, and... OH...MY GOD!" Silence followed........................ Some moments later, the captain came back on the intercom. "Ladies and Gentlemen, I'm sorry if I scared you. While I was talking to you, a flight attendant accidentally spilled coffee in my lap. You should see the front of my pants!" From the back of the plane, an Irish passenger yelled "For the luvva Jaysus, you should see the back of mine!"


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Animals

February 23rd is National ‘Spay Day’

Purr-fect Tips to Protect Cats Year-Round (Family Features) When cooler weather arrives, you may assume your pet is safe from parasites - especially if your cat lives mostly or exclusively indoors. To the contrary,

identifying the risk for parasites, such as fleas, ear mites and heartworms, and providing true pest protection for your pets has very little to do with the seasons. "Back when I was in veterinary school, we believed there were parasite 'seasons,'" said Chris Adolph, DVM, MS, DACVM, a board certified parasitologist, veterinary specialist at Zoetis and former veterinary practice owner in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. "Today's highly variable weather patterns have resulted in the possibility of parasite transmission well beyond traditionally warmer months, and in turn, increasing the likelihood of infection or infestation to your pets." Cat owner Lauren Swern learned the hard way that even indoor cats can be afflicted with parasites and ultimately traced a flea infestation in her cat, Oreo, back to a pair of sneakers she'd worn in the garden. After trashing most of Oreo's toys and bedding, Swern's veterinarian recommended a topical, broad-spectrum preventive. After treatment with Revolution(r) (selamectin), Swern's

home was again flea-free and continues that way thanks to monthly treatments she applies to her cat. The best way to protect your furry feline friend year-round is by following a few simple tips: Routine checkups. You may believe that once your kitten has received its vaccinations, you're finished with veterinary visits. Actually, it's important to continue taking your cat for annual examinations to help maintain a high quality of life. Cats tend to hide illness very well, and your veterinarian can help identify problems you may miss at home as well as guide you in areas such as dental care, nutrition and behavior. Preventive medication. Regular use of a monthly parasite preventive, such as Revolution, can protect your cat from many common internal and external parasites. Along with fleas, broad-spectrum preventives can address risks related to heartworm disease, ear mites (Otodectes cynotis), roundworms (Toxocara cati) and hookworms (Ancylostoma tubaeforme). Behavior monitoring. Don't assume that a cat that begins exhibiting behavior problems is simply acting out. Most undesirable behaviors, such as suddenly refusing to use a litter box or aggression, can actually be signs of illness. Consulting a veterinarian can help you determine the best course of action. Consider the climate. Just as extreme temperatures can affect people, excess heat and cold may impact your cat. Cozy bedding in front of a bright window may provide just

Come see our special dogs and cats today. Humane Society of Cowlitz County.

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Adorable Adoptee Meet 'Holly' Beautiful Holly - soft silky coat and a gentle personality. She's got it all. She's spayed, current on her vaccinations, and microchipped. Some lucky family is going to get a wonderful pet. Holly is a young adult female, about one year of age and waiting for her new forever family. For more information about this girl, contact her foster mom at: pjstoppler@msn.com rpaws.petfinder.org 673-7373

the right warmth in winter, but prove too toasty in the summer. Make adjustments throughout the year to keep your kitty comfortable as temperatures change. Ample activities. Even mellow kitties can benefit from exercise, just like humans. Provide toys to encourage cats to keep active and healthy and offer diversions such as scratching posts from temptations like carpet or furniture. Mental stimulation is also important. Placing birdfeeders or birdbaths outside of windows and hiding small amounts of food at different levels throughout the house for your cat to find can help keep your

pet entertained as well as mentally sharp. Learn more about protecting your cat from common parasites and take The 9 Lies of Cats quiz for a chance to win a KitNipBox subscription at Revolution4Cats.com. Important Safety Information: Do not use Revolution on sick, weak or underweight cats. Use only on cats 8 weeks and older. Side effects may include digestive upset and temporary hair loss at application site with possible inflammation. In people, Revolution may be irritating to skin and eyes. Wash hands after use. See full prescribing information.


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